Serratia Surveillance Culture

Serratia Surveillance Culture

Test Name:  

Serratia Surveillance Culture

Alternate Name (s):  


Laboratory Module:  


Ordering Mnemonic:  


Once SERR is selected as the source of the swab a further description can be entered using the source dictionary. For instance:

RECT- rectal swab


Specimen Type:   

Swab of any area of the body that may be of concern.

Collection Container:  

Amies Tranport Media


Collection Information:  

The nurse or physician will take a swab of the area in question.

The swab is then quickly transferred to the transport media.

The specimen is then labeled appropriately and then sent to the laboratory.

Test Schedule:  


Turnaround Time:  


Preliminary: 24 hours

Final: 72 hours

Stat / Urgent

Preliminary: 24 hours

Final: 72 hours

Reference Interval:  


Critical Values:  

As growth is detected and identified the information is made available to the health care provider.

Lab Process Notes :  

If Serratia is detected notify immediately the ward that the patient is on (if an in-patient), patient registration (so a flag may be created) and infection control.

Storage & Transport:  

The swab should be maintained at room temperature until transport to the lab. Once in the lab the specimen will be stored at room temperature in the microbiology rack.

Test Referred to :   

On site, BGH laboratory

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